Sunday, March 28, 2010
One of the things I love about gardening, is finding
surprises. It never ceases to amaze me the things,
that come up.
I was working in the herb part of my garden, and I
was moving and cutting stuff back and underneath
the hollyhock leaves was my very favorite herb,
in the whole world, Chamomile. I love the smell,
I love the tea, and I love the plant. I harvested
mine last year and hung it in my shed to dry,
and every time I walked in the whole shed had
the loveliest aroma of Chamomile.
My herb books says, "The flowers make a
digestive, soothing, and sedative tea which is used for soothing
restless children, helps prevent nightmares and insomnia
and suppresses nausea.
Used in tea bags or flower cream to reduce inflammation and
dark shadows under the eyes and make a poultice
to treat eczema and wounds. A flower decocation
conditions and lightens fair hair. In baths it softens
and whitens sun and wind damaged skin. Chamomile's
anti inflammatory, analgesic and disinfectant qualities
treat urinary infections and diaper rash, and sooth toothache, earache
and neuralgia. The flower compounds have shone anti-tumor activity
in laboratory tests. In the garden it is a "physicians plant." reviving
nearby ailing plants."
Wow, maybe that is why my Hollyhocks are so huge, they have been
revived by the Chamomile.
Have a great Palm Sunday!